Author Archives for Julie Tetel Andresen

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Self-Help Books: We Americans Love ‘Em

July 13, 2015 8:57 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I just finished Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (2013). It got me thinking about a peculiarly American phenomenon: self-help books. Ralph Waldo Emerson gets the ball rolling with these famous words from essay “Self-Reliance” in 1841: “Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.... read more

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Five Questions with Rachel Knowles

July 9, 2015 9:37 am Published by 2 Comments

One of the wonderful things about the Internet is the ability to connect with and learn from other writers and bloggers. This is the first post in my new series of posts, interviewing some of the intelligent and thoughtful romance writers who share about their craft. My first guest is... read more

Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo: My Travels and Hollywood

June 11, 2015 9:02 pm Published by 2 Comments

Monte Carlo: A Gambler’s Paradise On Mother’s Day my son had the bright idea to take me gambling – big time gambling, as in the Monte Carlo Casino. We happened to be in Nice, France. Monaco/Monte Carlo is a 15-minute train ride away. Mother’s Day – or la fête des... read more


The Magic Number Is Three

May 22, 2015 9:30 am Published by 1 Comment

Three-ring circus. Three cheers for you! Three Musketeers. Three blind mice. Jamais deux sans trois. (Never two without three.) Aller guten Dinge sind drei. (All good things are  ____ ((you fill in the blank).) Three: The Triptych A triptych is a three-part painting. The panels hinge together. It sits atop... read more

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MMA Fight Night: A Research Adventure

May 14, 2015 10:08 am Published by 1 Comment

Last month I went to Pensacola, Florida with my friend Gail to attend Island Fights 33, an event with both boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) matches. Roy Jones, Jr. was the headliner – or, as it’s more accurate to say, he was at the top of the card. He’s... read more

New Adult Fiction

New Adult Fiction: All Eyes On Her

April 9, 2015 5:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Lately I’ve been reading New Adult fiction, mostly sports-themed romances. A recurrent feature of these stories has caught my attention. It’s the moment in the narrative when the heroine experiences “all eyes on her.” One story, featuring a college football hero, has the wildly improbable scene where the star player... read more